Divisionism. Cassa di Risparmio di Tortona Foundation’s Art Gallery.
Divisionism techniques developped in the last decades of the nineteenth century introduced by artists such as Giovanni Segantini, Gaetano Previati, Angelo Morbelli, Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, Angelo Longoni, Plinio Nomellini. The practice of separating color into individual dots or strokes formed the technical bases for Neo-impressionism. Divisionism was also an important influence in the work of Futurists.
The Art Gallery of Cassa di Risparmio di Tortona Foundation is the only museum in Italy entirely dedicated to Divisionism. The selected paintings show the art movement from its beginnings at the end of the nineteenth century to its last expressions during the first decades of twentieth century.
Giuseppe Pellizza, born in Volpedo, a small village nearby Tortona, is the most representative painter for divisionism art movement in Italy. He applied the technique to social and political subjects as in his masterpiece “Il Quarto Stato”. In this he was joined by Angelo Barabino, another painter born in Tortona.
Tortona is located on a crossroad in between different italian regions such as Tuscany, Piedmont, Lombardy and Liguria. All this influences brought into the movement different techniques and styles.